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How to Smoke Ground Beef

This recipe for How to Smoke Ground Beef is contributed by Brian Kleinhans and was so intriguing that we wanted to share it with you here! Take it away Brian. I’m like everyone and always looking for different flavors to make my dishes unique. One time, while smoking ribs I wondered if it would be possible to get that pit smoked flavor into ground meat.  I figured out how. Here is […]

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A Life Changing Trip to Israel

I recently returned from a life changing trip to Israel. I had never been to the Middle East before, and it moved me in so many ways. As an American, my sense of culture and place isn’t very deep rooted by comparison. My country is young compared to a place like Israel where traditions run deep. There were so many moments that ignited my senses and my soul and so […]

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Venison Barley Soup

This blog post is for my dad, who called me recently and suggested that I make venison barley soup. He had just had beef barley soup at a restaurant and decided it would be even better with venison. This soup is full of autumn flavors, root vegetables and bright parsley and will comfort you and keep you warm as the months get cold and crisp. If you like venison, try […]

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Venison Meatloaf

My grandmother Frances Pellegrini was a home cook extraordinaire. Whenever she invited me to dinner growing up, I always requested her meatloaf. This is her recipe, taken from a family recipe book, as best as it can be put into words. She never was one to take measurements; it was always about whim and intuition. And there was something in her kitchen air that made this meatloaf turn out a […]

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Elk Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

I once met a hearty Wyoming woman who lived in a farmhouse, and her kitchen smelled wonderful. When I inquired about the source of the aroma, she said she was making a pot of stuffed cabbage rolls. This is my version, inspired by the memory of those good kitchen smells. It is cooked in a tomato sauce base, which is the traditional Eastern European way. These are elk stuffed cabbage […]

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Wild Boar Rillettes

I have always been a bit of a Francophile, especially when it comes to food. The French just have a way of making the kind of food you want to bathe in because it feeds the spirit not to mention the taste buds. Rillettes are an example of just that, they are a way to prepare and store meat, and taste similar to a pâté. The meat is typically cubed or […]

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Game Bird Pie

Autumn has me thinking of flaky pie crusts and warm hearty meals that fill the soul. It also has me thinking of game meats and how much I love them when they are cooked just right. A pie is perfect for a medley of game bird scraps that wouldn’t necessarily make a meal on their own. After all, when you have worked so hard getting your meat you don’t want […]

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How to Make a Fruit Platter

The title of this post may seem simple, but there is a great difference between making a fruit platter and making a fruit platter. There is a bowl of strawberries and then there is a series of colors and layers and textures and shapes that provoke conversation and a gathering of people around it chattering and asking questions. I posted the making of this fruit platter on my Instagram stories over […]

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Fig and Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

I have been making all kinds of recipes with figs, from this lemony jam to this fontina fig pizza to these caramelized blistered figs with gorgonzola. Today I’m sharing my recipe for Fig and Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette. Have you ever had quinoa? Quinoa originated from the Andean region of South America about six thousand years ago. It is grown for its edible seeds but is actually not a […]

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What To Do In Bangkok

I just returned from a long trip in Southeast Asia and have been enjoying sharing my adventures with you here and on social media little by little. Bangkok is a feast for the senses. The colors, the sounds, the smells are inspiring and full of possibility. Unlike the country excursions I went on in Chiang Mai, Bangkok is dense and intense and has everything you could want at your fingertips, […]

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